Broccoli and watercress soup with crispy chorizo crumbs

Broccoli and watercress soup with crispy chorizo crumbs

Serves 4
Hands-on time: 30 min


  • 3 onions, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • A pinch of smoked paprika
  • 500g purple sprouting broccoli, roughly chopped
  • 1 litre fresh chicken stock
  • A good handful of watercress
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • 40g chopped chorizo, skinned
  • 50g broccoli
  • A dollop of crème fraice, to serve
  • A handful of sourdough breadcrumbs


  1. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a pan and gently fry the veg for 10 minutes until soft. Stir in the smoked paprika and cook for 2 minutes. Add 450g of the purple sprouting broccoli to the pan with the stock. Bring to a gentle simmer, then cook for 5-7 minutes until the broccoli is tender. Cool slightly, stir through the watercress, then blend until smooth. Stir in a squeeze of lemon juice, taste and season.
  2. Chop the chorizo into small pieces (or use 60g chopped chorizo). Heat a pan with the remaining 4 tbsp olive oil. Add the chorizo and a handful of sourdough breadcrumbs (or black pudding) and broccoli with some sea salt, tossing to coat. Cook until everything is crisp, then drain on kitchen paper.
  3. Warm the soup and divide among bowls. Add the crisp fried topping and finish with a dollop of crème fraîche.
  • Swap the chorizo for 60g crumbled black pudding

Recipe thanks to our friends at delicious magazine.

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